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About the Author

David Coleman is an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia and has worked with the White House tapes for over 15 years with the Miller Center’s Presidential Recordings Program. He specializes on the Kennedy and Johnson recordings. He teaches courses on American political history, Cold War history, and nuclear history. He joined the University of Virginia in 1999 after completing his doctoral work at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Coleman has published widely on U.S. politics, nuclear strategy, and the Cold War. His most recent book is Real-World Nuclear Deterrence: The Making of International Strategy (2006), co-authored with Joseph M. Siracusa. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Cold War Studies, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. He has been interviewed by, appeared on, or been quoted by many media outlets, including NPR, Time Magazine, the History Channel, the New York Times, the Washington Post, BBC Radio, Reuters TV, WTOP Radio, and C-Span’s Washington Journal.

You can find more about his work and recent projects at his main site History in Pieces.


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